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Many customers plan to spend less in restaurants and more on travel in 2017, suggesting that some restaurateurs need to focus on creating a better "restaurant experience," according to business advisory firm AlixPartners. The firm's survey found that frequent customers of quick-service and fast-casual eateries plan to cut back their visits by 8% and 13% respectively this year, although 57% of the survey’s respondents said their dining-out habits won’t change. AlixPartners says the “turbulence” in the chain industry “might not just be a blip but rather a sign of structural changes besetting the industry.”

Learn more about why the restaurant industry may face a “defining moment” in its history.


Dirty Bathrooms Can Ruin Customers’ Appetites

A restaurant with a dirty bathroom probably has a dirty kitchen, too—at least, that’s the opinion of 89% of respondents to this year’s Healthy Hand Washing Survey by the Bradley Corporation. Worse, 56% say that if they come across an unclean or unpleasant restroom in any business, they will not return or will think twice before going back. “Restroom cleanliness is extremely important to diners and silently shapes impressions of the restaurant that they’ll remember even after the visit,” a Bradley Corporation exec says.

So do clean, neat bathrooms result in repeat business? Find out at



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Factors to Consider in Your Oven Selection (Sponsored)

Can your brick oven produce fast enough for your Friday rush? Is it labor-saving? Whether you’re making award-winning gourmet pizza or a simple standard grated cheese pie, you should be concerned with several factors in your oven selection.

Here are the main considerations.



Canned Spaghetti Pizza: Kiwi Classic or Culinary Monstrosity?

If you thought America had a penchant for divisive politics, get a load of New Zealand, whose prime minister set off an international squabble by topping a pineapple pizza with canned spaghetti and posting pictures on Facebook. But when a reporter for The Guardian tried the combo for herself, she was pleasantly surprised—even though she forgot to drain the can first.

Read more about this bold culinary experiment—or is it a vomitous atrocity?


Cheers for a Cause: Supporting Autism Awareness

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza has partnered with the Dan Marino Foundation in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. Anthony’s will donate a portion of sales from every $6 glass and $20 bottle of Kendall-Jackson chardonnay to the foundation, which serves the needs of people with autism. Anthony’s is encouraging customers to share photos of their dining experience with the hashtag #CheersForACause.

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